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Gustavo Gimeno

About this Artist

Gustavo Gimeno is the Music Director with Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg—a title he has held since 2015—and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where his tenure began in 2020/21. He is also Music Director Designate of Teatro Real, where he will assume his role in the 2025/26 season. 

   Continuing their 100-year anniversary, Gimeno and Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrate with major symphonic works including Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. He shares the stage with soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Yuja Wang, Yefim Bronfman, and Jean-Guihen Queyras. The Toronto Symphony embarked on its first tour with Gimeno in the spring of 2022. This North American tour included a return visit to Carnegie Hall and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual orchestra exchange with National Arts Centre Orchestra; it also marked the orchestra’s debut at Chicago’s Symphony Center. 

   International touring has formed a significant part of Gimeno’s commitment with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg during the last six years. In the 2022/23 season he tours with that orchestra in Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary, and together they make the first-ever tour of Korea. Throughout his tenure, Gimeno and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg have visited many of Europe’s and South America’s most prestigious concert halls; soloists with whom Gimeno has shared the stage include Daniel Barenboim, Gautier Capuçon, Anja Harteros, Leonidas Kavakos, Bryn Terfel, Yuja Wang, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Martin Grubinger. A highlight has been performances of the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with Krystian Zimerman 

   In April 2022, Gimeno began a new recording relationship with harmonia mundi. His first joint project is a recording of Rossini’s Stabat Materfeaturing Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with Maria Agresta (soprano), Daniella Barcellona (mezzo- soprano), Rene Barbera (tenor), Carlo Lepore (bass), and the Wiener Singverein. Released in August 2022, his second album, also recorded with Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, is devoted to Stravinsky (Firebird and Apollon musagète). In the 2022/23 season, Gimeno and Toronto Symphony Orchestra will record Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie with pianist Marc-André Hamelin and ondes Martenot player Nathalie Forget.  

   Gimeno and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg also have an extensive discography with Pentatone, including a Francisco Coll album featuring his Violin Concerto with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, soloist.  

   As an opera conductor, he is invited for major titles at great houses such as the Liceu Opera, Barcelona; Opernhaus, Zürich; Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, Valencia; and Teatro Real, Madrid. In 2022/23 Gimeno returns to Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia to conduct the Katie Mitchell production of Jenůfa. 

   He is much sought-after as a symphonic guest conductor worldwide. Debuts in 2022/23 include Staatskapelle Berlin and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and he will return to Münchner Philharmoniker. Highlights of past seasons include Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre National de France, Swedish Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Gimeno is also regularly reinvited to the Royal Concertgebouworkest. At home and abroad touring projects have included concerts as far afield as Japan and Taiwan.